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Andrew Bruce Boa (10 July 1930 – 17 April 2004) was a Canadian actor, who found success playing the token American in British films and television, usually playing military types. Boa's most recognizable film role is in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as General Rieekan. On television, his most notable role is probably as the brash and rude American guest, Mr. Harry Hamilton, in the "Waldorf Salad" episode of the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers.
Andrew Bruce Boa
10 July 1930
|Died||17 April 2004 (aged 73)|
|Spouse(s)||Cherry Boa (?-2004; his death)|
|Relatives||Marion Woodman (sister)|
Bruce Boa was born on 10 July 1930 in Calgary, Alberta, the second of three children of Ila (née Phinn) and Andrew Boa, a clergyman. His older sister was Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman, and his younger brother was Fraser Boa, also a Jungian analyst, who died in 1992. Boa attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1952 with a degree in theology, then spent a brief period playing professional football for the Calgary Stampeders. After travelling through Europe, he began his acting career in England in 1958, and settled there permanently in the 1960s. In a 1959 interview he stated that he was also writing novels and film scripts; however, it would appear these works were not published or filmed.
Boa's film credits include Man in the Middle (1964), The Adding Machine (1969), Who? (1973), The Cherry Picker (1974), The Omen (1976), Silver Bears, Superman, Carry On Emmannuelle (1978), A Touch of the Sun, The London Connection, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979), Silver Dream Racer (1980), Ragtime (1981), Octopussy (1983), Return to Oz (1985), and Screamers (1995). He also played the Marine colonel in Full Metal Jacket (1987) who chastises Matthew Modine's character over having a peace pin on his lapel while having "Born To Kill" written on his combat helmet.
On television, in 1977 he appeared in Come Back, Little Sheba, an episode of Laurence Olivier Presents, opposite Laurence Olivier and Joanne Woodward. Other television credits include: The Avengers, Out of the Unknown, The Champions, The Troubleshooters, The Saint, Ace of Wands, Special Branch, The Onedin Line, Z-Cars, The New Avengers, The Professionals, The Omega Factor, Dempsey & Makepeace, Astronauts, Hart to Hart, Remington Steele, Howards' Way, the 1979 miniseries A Man Called Intrepid, the 1988 television film The Bourne Identity, Tales of the Unexpected, As Time Goes By, Road to Avonlea, Kavanagh QC, Bulman and Warship.
|1960||Man in the Moon||Roy||Film debut|
|1964||Man in the Middle||Maj. Lawson|
|1967||The Mini-Affair||American Newman|
|1969||Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?||Car Salesman||Uncredited|
|The Adding Machine||Detective|
|1970||The Revolutionary||Guest at Party|
|1974||The Cherry Picker||Dr. Softman|
|1976||The Omen||Thorn's Aide|
|1977||Silver Bears||American Banker|
|1978||Carry on Emmannuelle||U.S. Ambassador|
|Superman||Joint Chief of General Staff||Extended Version, Uncredited|
|1979||The London Connection||Colonel|
|Unidentified Flying Oddball||Air Force Officer||Uncredited|
|A Touch of the Sun||Jim Coburn|
|A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square||Morgan Stanfield|
|1980||The Ninth Configuration||Sergeant in Combat Shack|
|The Empire Strikes Back||General Carlist Rieekan|
|Silver Dream Racer||2nd TV Reporter|
|1982||A Woman Called Golda||Mr. Macy||TV Movie|
|1984||Scream for Help||Surgeon|
|The Razor's Edge||Henry Maturin|
|The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission||US Colonel||TV Movie|
|Return to Oz||Policeman|
|John and Yoko: A Love Story||Houston Lawyer||TV Movie|
|1986||The American Way||Col. Parker|
|1987||Full Metal Jacket||POGE Colonel|
|Ping Pong||American Tourist|
|1990||The Serpent of Death||Bartlet|
|1991||White Light||Clay Avery|
|Deadly Betrayal: The Bruce Curtis Story||Al Podgis||TV Movie|
|1993||For the Moment||Mr. Anderson|
|1995||Screamers||Secretary Green||Final film|
|1962||The Avengers||Bob Slade||1 episode|
|1963||The Saint||Jack Williams||Episode: The Sporting Chance Season 2, ep. 13 |
|The Third Man||Insp. McDonald||1 episode|
|1966||Out of the Unknown||K.G. Bullen||1 episode|
|1973||The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes||Freeling Poignton||1 episode|
|1975||Thriller||Hanley||Episode: Good Salary - Prospects - Free Coffin|
|1977||The New Avengers||Mahon||1 episode|
|1978||The Professionals||John Jerry Patterson||1 episode|
|Lillie||Joaquin Miller||1 episode|
|1979||Fawlty Towers||Mr Hamilton||Episode: "Waldorf Salad"|
|1983||Philip Marlowe, Private Eye||Don Luigi||Episode: The Pencil|
|Hart to Hart||William Eady||Episode: Passing Chance|
|1984||The First Olympics: Athens 1896||President Francis Patton||TV Mini-series|
|Remington Steele||Wallace Carlisle||Episode: Maltese Steele|
|Ellis Island||Doctor Moore||TV Mini-series|
|1986||Dempsey & Makepeace||Coltrane||Episode: The Burning (2-part) Season 3, ep. 1&2|
|1986-90||Howards' Way||Robert Hudson||3 episodes|
|1988||Tales of the Unexpected||Mr. Groober||1 episode|
|The Bourne Identity||Senator Crawford||TV Mini-series|
|1992-93||Road to Avonlea||Mr. Harrison||2 episodes|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Ambassador Kerens||Episode: Vienna, November 1908|
|1995||As Time Goes By||Young Rocky||1 episode|
|1997||Kavanagh QC||Governor Stamford Cotton||1 episode|
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